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From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop.

Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.

Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the bigge
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Deborah One main character is bisexual and the other main character is likely pansexual, although the latter term is never explicitly used. These two characte…moreOne main character is bisexual and the other main character is likely pansexual, although the latter term is never explicitly used. These two characters have a couple conversations about their orientations; a part of this conversation is that the bisexual character (a girl) sometimes worries that dating a boy will appear to others to erase the part of her that likes girls.
Additionally, a main character has two moms (I believe both of them are lesbians). A side character best friend is also a lesbian who is dating a girl. (less)

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Irena BookDustMagic
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5 stars

When I got Netgalley widget for Verona Comics I was pleasantly surprised. I am in a reading mood for ya contemporaries lately, and this book showed up in just about right time.

Since I like to go into my books blind, I only read summary briefly, and thought this would fun ya romance.
Boy, was I wrong!

What I thought would be fluffy and cute love story turned into serious novel that talks about anxiety with suicidal thoughts in such a strong and realistic way.

Don't get me wro
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Nina
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Verona Comics was a very quick read and I really enjoyed the comic convention/comic shop setting of the novel. I also loved how diverse this book was when it came to sexuality. The main character Jubilee has queer moms, she has a lesbian best friend and both she and the love interest Ridley are bisexual. I also really appreciated seeing Ridley deal with panic attacks and anxiety and for once not reading about a male mai
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Dahlia
I really loved this book, and I really wish it wasn't being marketed as strictly a fluffy romance, because I think it's really magical at what it does and that isn't how I'd describe it. The romance is adorable, don't get me wrong, but this is first and foremost a mental health book ((view spoiler), and I think it handles that beautifully as reimagined Romeo & Juliet. Ridley ...more
Kelly
Fun and funny and cute, for sure, but there is some heavy stuff in this YA rom-com. It's good -- Ridley, the male main character, has anxiety, depression, and codependency issues -- and both he and Jubilee are well-fleshed characters. I'm not super into the comic/fandom world, so it didn't connect with me as much as Hot Dog Girl, but for readers who are, this will be an utter treat.

Which doesn't mean I didn't love it because I definitely did and definitely needed to read this book right now. It
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Omg yes yes yes PLEASE tell me this is a nerdy LGBT+ retelling of Romeo and Juliet

All these nerdy romances make my geek heart so happy
Zoë ☆
I really enjoyed reading this! It starts off as a cute romance, but it then got on to discuss some heavier topics. And even though I didn't initially expect this, I thought it was well done. My heart broke for the main characters and I teared up a few times. I honestly cannot wait to read Hot Dog Girl now!

I would recommend this if the synopsis sounds interesting to you, but definitely keep in mind that this isn't just a fluffy contemporary.
Sónia
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is hard for me to rate.

I love all the different kinds of representation in this book - queer, Black and Asian, mental health, class - but the way it is marketed is slightly misleading. I requested this expecting a fluffy and heartwarming ya romance (I should have learnt my lesson with In Five Years and take every synopsis with a grain of salt) and I got a roller-coaster ride of intense emotions and h
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Deborah
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
There were quite a few aspects to "Veronca Comics" I enjoyed, primarily the idea of two teens from competing comic shop families crushing on each other after meeting at a comic con. That's just a super adorable premise! The characters are also nicely fleshed out, even the side characters were fun to read, and honestly I would love a Jayla spinoff novel. Also, everyone is very open about their dating preferences and sexuality, and there is a lot of wholesome support shown from friends and (most) ...more
Lea | That_Bookdragon
3/5 ⭐️

Thank you so much to PRH International for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion!

This book was very funny and adorable but it tackled very important topics as well. Ridley's anxiety was relatable and heartbreaking to read, and his relationship with his family was just absolutely and completely awful. Poor boy needs a break. Jubilee was definitely my favorite character, she's an icon. Also, the rep and diversity in this book is absolutely incredible
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maya
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars
first off i just gotta say that it was great to have a book with two queer main characters and multiple poc and lgbtq side characters !!

now to the story....it's a ya contemporary romance. i don't like romance novels, i like contemporaries. but what makes a contemporary novel good is a unique and authentic set of characters which was only half the case here. to me, ridley felt like a thought through character but jubilee didn't, which made the entire thing feel a little imbalanced. part
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Vee
4.5/5

This book completely took me by surprise. I was expecting a lighthearted retelling of Romeo & Juliet, but what I got was a really thoughtful exploration of some of the darker themes in R&J. Including: parental abuse, codependency, depression, suicide and suicidal ideation. This was a really healthy look at teen mental health and how to cope with it, even for those who love people struggling with their mental health.

We also had a very diverse cast in terms of sexuality, the female MC is (u
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bee  ˘͈ᵕ˘͈
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
three point five stars ∗ lol i have one single tear falling from my eye as i write this.

i went into this book expecting it to be an average, somewhat cliche contemporary novel and while on some parts it was exactly that, it was also so much more. this book dealt with mental health issues in a way no other contemporary (that i’ve read so far) has. reading certain parts of this book was hard for me because i really related to ridley in so many ways and it almost felt like i was watching (reading?)
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Marie
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, arcs
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)

Diversity:main character with social anxiety and clinical depression, bisexual main characters, queer main character, POC side character, adopted and Korean side character, gay side characters, f/f relationship.

I really liked this book overall, a sweet
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USOM
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: anxiety, panic attacks, suicide attempt in past, suicidal ideation, depression

Comic books, star-crossed lovers, and mental health? Verona Comics is a total win! This queer contemporary tackles serious subjects such as mental health all the way to questioning our sexuality and bi-erasure. Verona Comics is one of those books which evolves with every page. Starting off at a comic co
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Stacy Fetters
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
"If my ride was music, then his is a symphony, and I don’t want it to stop."

I’ve been hearing a lot of hype for this book since its release was announced. I even made a stop at the Penguin booth at ALA to request a copy and was over the moon when they handed it to me. I instantly bumped this up my reading list because I couldn’t let it sit there and torment me.

Am I glad that I read it? Oh, most definitely. Is it one of the best books I’ve read? No, it’s not. It had a lot of great things going f
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Abi
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
(ORIGINALLY A 3.5 BROUGHT DOWN TO A 2.5)

*2.5

TRIGGER WARNINGS - DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, CAR ACCIDENTS, EMOTIONALLY ABUSVE + PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE PARENTS, ANXIETY, SOCIAL ANXIETY, MANIPULATION, PAST SUICIDE ATTEMPT, UNAVAILABLE PARENTS!

Hi so sorry for writing this at 3:30 IN THE MORNING, but it's my Goodreads and my life to ruin am I right? Anyways, I want to start this review off by saying, I have no idea (still) how to rate this book. If I'm going to rate this critically, it would be probab
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Trina (Between Chapters)
tw: suicide

A clever re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet.
Jaye Berry
TW: depression, anxiety, talk of past suicide attempt, suicidal ideation

But why though? The cover is way too cute when this isn't some fandom nerd book. This is an emo book about mental illness?? That's all well and good but damn, I wanted something more like Geekerella not shitty All the Bright Places.

Verona Comics is about a girl named Jubilee who works in her stepmom's indie comic shop and is a cellist, prepping for the biggest audition of her life. Ridley is a boy barely holding it together.
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TJ
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I really loved the plot concept and how sexuality was portrayed here, but overall I thought this was a pretty average read. The first half was fun and cute, but the second half really dragged. I enjoyed the audiobook narrators though, and the way texting was conveyed was really cool (they played texting typing and sending sounds over the narrators reading their messages). 3/5 stars.
Isabel Sterling
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! A super adorable romance between two bisexual MCs + really beautifully done mental health rep. I devoured this book in 24 hours, and I can't wait for it to be out in the world.
Danika at The Lesbrary
I picked this up firstly because I really enjoyed Dugan's previous queer YA title, Hot Dog Girl. I was also interested in the premise: two teenagers whose parents own competing comic book shops fall for each other. It ended up being a thought-provoking read for me, one I'm still turning over in my head days after finishing it. It definitely wasn't what I expected.

On tumblr and twitter, people often are looking for m/f romances where both characters are bi+, and this is one!

Verona Comics acts as
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Yvonne Olson
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was cute.
I don't have much to say, besides that I am glad this book has such representation of mental health and therapy.

Aside from that... it read like every other book that is set in a comic books shop with a girl who loves comics. I kept getting flashbacks to Comics will Break Your Heart, Geekerella, The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love... They all feel very much the same.

This was cute though. Cute.
michelle (magical reads)
4.5 stars

read on my blog

rep: bisexual/pansexual protagonist, bisexual protagonist with anxiety and depression, Black lesbian side character, adopted Korean-American side character, Latinx gay side character, bisexual side character

cw: anxiety, depression, suicide ideation

**I received this book from a third-party giveaway. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

“Do you ever feel like you’re not enough of something? Or you’re too much of something else?”
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nat
Apr 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
a queer book featuring a classical instrumentalist mc? PLEASE PENGUIN PLEASE
Megan
It is so important to see a bi boy and an undefined queer girl in a relationship together in a YA novel. It is so important for them to have a conversation about being "queer enough" or "bi enough" even if they're in a """hetero 'ship""". Werewolves are still werewolves, even if it's not the full moon. Bis are still bis even if they're in a relationship with a member of the opposite sex. And this book showed that perfectly. My college self felt incredibly seen.

It also really dug into anxiety, c
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Sian
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just really didn’t love it. It sent me into a little bit of a reading slump honestly. Let’s start with the good, though.

The concept of the characters being really deep into the comics world, with their parents owning comic stores/chains, beginning the novel at a con etc was brilliant. Very unique.

There was not a straight person in sight. The female main character Jubilee was pansexual but didn’t usually label herself and struggled a lot with the popular idea that if she dated boys people migh
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dani
May 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf at 20%
when he told his father about her i was DONE
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Oct 24, 2019 marked it as want-to-read-new
honestly I just really love comics
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
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Verona Comics was cute and complicated YA, queer contemporary that revolved around Jubilee and Ridley. It was about anxiety disorder and mental health issue, dysfunctional family, love and complications, learning to love yourself and life, looking for a solution of problem rather than finding an exit door.

Writing was gripping and fast paced. At first it felt light hearted and cozy but as I read more that vibe turned so intense and heavy. If you are expecti
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laura (bookies & cookies)
CW: anxiety, depression, previous suicide attempt, co-dependent relationship, revenge porn, blackmail, abusive parents

I liked this book! It just wasn't what I thought it would be, and I feel like a lot of people will go into it the same way I did!

This is a contemporary YA first, romance second. The comics discussion and plots petered out quickly after the first third of the book, but I appreciated the elements that were there, as well as how girls are required to prove A+++ knowledge of comics b
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Jennifer Dugan is a writer, geek, and romantic who writes the kinds of stories she wishes she had growing up. In addition to being a young adult novelist, she is also the writer/creator of two indie comics. She lives in New York with her family, dogs, and an evil cat that is no doubt planning to take over the world.

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“You and I might have the same last name, but we don't have the same parents. They aren't there for me the way they are for you. And when he dangled a chance to come home--"
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